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The present playlist of audio from Zambezi valley communities in Binga and Sinazongwe is meant to introduce and assist initiate the following project of audio correspondence among teenage pupils. The present project of "Building Radio Bridges" stands in a tradition of various predecessors. Above playlist links back yo some of those.
Building Radio Bridges South-North 2023 an audio correspondence of pupils
at MNS Scharnstein in Almtal with Radio B138,
at Siabuwa HS in Binga district
and at Sinazongwe Secondary/ Press Club with ZongweFM
May – June 2023; radio camp live June 22nd
Audio letters from Almtal in Upper Austria to the Zambezi Valley and retour between teenage pupils (12 – 14 years-old) of cooperating schools in Almtal Austria, Sinazongwe Zambia and Binga Zimbabwe.
Content of letters:
hows life in Almtal / Zambezi Valley? ...and at school? How do you say … in ChiTonga…/ in Austria we say...? We’ve heard this about history/ Tonga / Zambezi Valley / music/ Zongwe FM; can you tell me (more) about...? is there a special music or cultural tradition in your area? How about chores for boys and girls? Do they differ? Hows climate change affecting you…? Here in Austria… What are your hopes for the future…? And your fears...? whats up…?
some learning input e.g. integrated in regular lessons or workshops with group of interested pupils; e.g. including excerpts of archived audio (see playlists) and collected “favourite sounds”; a correspondence of pupils via whatsapp. voice notes moderated by teachers/ radio moderators; live radio shows at Radio B138 and Zongwe FM potentially with direct on-air contact (22nd June see below)
school coop with radio camp forms part of a small project and
cultural exchange between Upper Austria and the Zambezi Valley based
on an ongoing history of cooperation and exchanges going back to the
1980s. This history has left extensive audio, video and radio traces
in online archives. This is the point to start from in the input
given to the teenagers.
The initiating partner organisations would wish for the relationship and cultural exchange to continue afresh with young generations to come both in Upper Austria and the Zambezi Valley.
a special project playlist “Zambezi Valley” based on older
archived audio resources (2012-18) was produced especially for pupils
and participants in the North to start listening South and “tune-in” [i.e. the present playlist]
2. before the audio correspondence begins all participants will introduce themselves in Audio with their name and a favourite sound in their area/ environment. Resulting playlists of favourite sounds will be shared online
Listen to a podcast intro about the project "Building Radio Bridged South-North" broadcast by Radio B138 in Upper Austria: https://cba.fro.at/622717 (in English, with a brief German summary at the start)
Free Radios in Austria and particularly Radio B138 and RadioFro
Austria Zimbabwe Friendship Association, Linz
radio continental drift
Zongwe FM Community Radio Sinazongwe
school in Austria: MNS Scharnstein in Almtal
school in Zambia: Press Club, Sinazongwe Primary/ Secondary School
school in Zimbabwe: Siabuwa High School Binga
Kunzwana Trust, Harare
Mokoomba, Simonga, Maliko
Time’s Up, Linz
Kulturverein Mühldorf Scharnstein@ Schönau 8, tbc
potential further resources for inputs:
The present Project Playlist at has been assembled form the following earlier playlists:
"Voices from Binga" playlists (2012)
Radio Bridge call out (2018)
many of the clips have also found their way via open call-outs into remix compilations with music donated to the Tonga people of the Valley by international artists:
“A Radio-Bridge across the Zambezi” Compilation of remix/radio contributions of 17 countries (2018)
“Radio Remixes Voices of Binga” Album, Crystal DJ Kwe Favel and radio continental drift (2016)
“The Women of the Great River” remixes, in “Vox” compilation with Anna Stereopoulou (2015)
“Her story of rocks” for “Breaking the Sound Barrier” remix project by Alan Dunn, Martyn Rainford & BasementArtsProject (2017) https://archive.org/details/Her_Story_of_Rocks
Uploaded by radio continental drift on